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minutes away. thanks for watching. cbs evening news scott pelley coming up next. >> pelley: tonight, more troops are ordered into ferguson. >> last night was a disaster. >> pelley: violence erupts after the grand jury decision. >> this process is broken. >> pelley: but the prosecutor defends the jurors. >> they're the only people who have heard and examined every witness and every piece of evidence. >> pelley: reports from michelle miller, mark strassmann, bob orr, and jeff pegues. major garrett on the president, again confronting a racial divide. >> the fact is in too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color. >> pelley: vicente arenas reports holiday travelers are getting an early start to beat a storm. and dr. jon lapook on the federal government's new mandatory calorie count coming to a restaurant near you.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. we begin with breaking news from ferguson, missouri. more violence in the wake of the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer darren the governor of missouri is beefing up the national guard in the governor of missouri is beefing up the national guard in and around ferguso unarmed michael morell. unarmed -- michael brown. vladimir duthiers has the latest. >> reporter: there's been violence but not in ferguson. demonstrators are gathering in cities throughout the country to protest the grand juror's decision. in times square in new york city, police crash with protesters, one person was subdued with mace. by the lincoln tunnel, several arrests after protesters blocked traffic into the tunnel. in los angeles, three people at least have been arrested as protesters marched by the streets, blocking intersection
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and chanting "hands up don't shoot." in minneapolis, a demonstration grew violent with hundreds of people. people started banging on a car. the driver didn't hang around and hit more people on the way out. being questioned by police in. ferguson, things remain calm and an increased presence of national guard troops standing by. >> pelley: earlier today governor jay nixon tripled national guardsmen in and around ferguson to 2200. representatives of the brown family denounced the violence and the grand jury decision that sparked it. michelle miller continues our coverage from ferguson. >> reporter: the eruption was not immediate after darn wilson's fate was made known, cries of injustice, haunts and bottles thrown at ferguson police department. crowds but then two hours in, when crowds overturned two squad cars
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and rounds of gunfire could be heard, police responded with warnings and volleys of tear gas. 12 businesses were burned, including this pizza takeout on north florissant. the store manager did not want to be identified. he said authorities did not protect his business. >> my-- my question would be is where were you? why did you promise me that you'd be here to protect my workers? >> reporter: today, the man in been. of the missouri state highway patrol, colonel ron repogle, admitted the police response was not what it should have been. >> last night was a disaster, and we're prepared to team up again with the national guard, with the other local law enforcement, to address this tonight. >> reporter: the national guard was activated last week, but not enough were deployed to satisfy ferguson's mayor, james knowles. >> the national guard was not deployed in enough time to save all of our businesses. the decision to delay the
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deployment of the national guard is deeply concerning. we are asking that the governor make available and deploy all necessary resources to prevent the further destruction of property and the preservation of life in the city of ferguson. >> reporter: missouri governor jay nixon, who just yesterday reassured business owners he would protect the community, said today there was a larger guard presence than many people realized. >> we certainly had guard at the command post and as i said, later in the night, we had guard at the ferguson police department. but we'll-- we will have more out there tonight. >> reporter: some blame the unrest on the timing of the announcement. it was released at 08:00 p.m., the time of day when protests have flared for weeks. reverend al sharpton criticized the county prosecutor, robert mccullough. >> in a town that has been tense, in a town that has been forecast to have all kinds of
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problems, his solution is "let's announce it at night after dark." >> reporter: police made 61 arrests. only two were from outside the st. louis area. pastor robert white was on the front lines. he says it was his worst nightmare come true. >> so who did it? the folks who were frustrated. the folks who had agendas that none of us agree with. we don't agree with the looting. we don't agree with the rioting. but i can understand that this community, this town, this country is a little upset right now. >> reporter: and the social unrest here in ferguson is having an impact in other ermmunities. across the river, over in east st. louis, a mandatory curfew is in effect for anyone under the age of 17 tonight. and, scott, the annual thanksgiving day parade in st. louis has been rescheduled. >> pelley: and after all of that, only three persons injured were admitted to hospitals last night. michelle, thanks very much. late today, president obama repeated his call for calm. this was the president in chicago.
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>> burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk-- that's destructive, and there's no excuse for it. eyose are criminal acts, and people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts. >> pelley: well, all day, we have been looking through the evidence that convinced the jurors. in an unusual move, the prosecutors released the grand jury evidence, which is normally kept secret. it is the first time that we have seen officer wilson's account of the shooting. and here's mark strassmann. >> reporter: the grand jury heard from 60 witness, including four hours of testimony from ferguson police officer darren wilson. wilson testified that riding in his patrol car on august 9, he decountered two young black men walking in the middle of the street and told them to get on the sidewalk.
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then, wilson claims he noticed michael brown holding cigars and connected them to a theft a few minutes earlier at a nearby convenience store. he put the car in reverse to confront the men again. wilson says brown reached into his s.u.v. and began punching him in the face. in one exchange, wilson testified, "the only way i could describe it is i felt like a five-year-old holding on to hulk hogan." prosecutor: "holding on to a k at?" wilson, "hulk hogan. that's how big he felt and how small i felt just from grasping his arm." benjamin crumb, the attorney for michael brown's family, says prosecutors never challenged wilson's testimony. >> you know, just the fact that he said it was hulk hogan against him being a five-year- old child, and you look at their dimensions, they're both fairly big guys. >> reporter: do you believe prosecutors tried hard to get a atiminal charge? >> a first-year law student could have did a better cross-
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n amination of the police officer shooting an unarmed person than this prosecutor's office. and it's just troubling to this smily. >> reporter: crime scene photos showed evidence of the struggle inside the officer's s.u.v. and outside on the street. photos also show wilson's injured face. when you saw the pictures, you expected to see worse? >> i expected to see worse, based on what they told us at the beginning-- a blow-out, orbital fracture to his eye socket. >> reporter: and what you saw instead was? >> a picture with a blush on his cheek. >> reporter: wilson also described the two men's struggle over his gun. he testified, "it goes off. when it went off it shot through my door panel, and my window was down and glass flew out my door panel." one shot grazed brown's right thumb. he ran. wilson gave chase and fired at town. he says brown suddenly turned around. wilson: "at this point i start m ck-pedaling, and again i tell him 'get on the ground, get on
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the ground.' he doesn't. i shoot another round of shots. at this point it looked like he was almost bulking up to run through the shots like it was making him mad. i remember looking at my sights and firing. all i see is his head and that's what i shot." it least one of the eyewitnesses did corroborate this account. others had conflicting memories. one said she saw brown put his hands up and say, "i give up" before wilson killed him. >> some witnesses admitted they didn't actually see the shooting or only saw a part of the shooting. others stood by original statements even though their statements were completely discredited by the physical evidence. >> reporter: benjamin crumb told me the brown family plans to file a wrongful death suit against officer wilson, the city of ferguson, and the ferguson police department. scott, with the grand jury decision, they believe it's their only recourse.
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>> pelley: mark, thanks very much. the protests in all of this went far beyond ferguson. in nearby st. louis today, hundreds swarmed the federal courthouse, before fanning out through the city streets. last night, another demonstration wound through the streets of washington, d.c., ending up across the street from the white house. a large group in oakland, california, blocked an interstate, then set a bonfire. while in los angeles, demonstrators lay in the street, their bodies outlined in chalk. in new york's times square, marchers stopped traffic. one man was arrested for throwing fake blood on police commissioner william bratton. the decision not to indict officer wilson reinforces a perception among many african americans that justice is not always applied equally. and we have more on that now from jeff pegues. >> reporter: today, black americans walked a path many have traveled before. there were protests in towns and cities across the country. jan gatejens was in chicago.
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>> it's not overt racism. it's-- it's-- it's a structure and it's a system that disproportionately affects young black men and women. >> reporter: over the last decade, the system has been on trial, too. in 2006, sean bell was shot and killed by new york city police in a barrage of 50 bullets. he was unarmed. in 2012, teenager trayvon martin was shot and killed in florida. the man who killed him, george zimmerman, was acquitted. and in august, michael brown in ferguson. three highly publicized cases which serve to reinforce what georgetown law professor paul butler says communities of color believe. >> often, african american victims don't receive equal protection of law. with regard to police, a lot of black people feel that the police are not there to serve and protect them. they have very different experiences with cops than white people do. >> reporter: according to a cbs
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news poll conducted shortly after the shooting in ferguson, 71% of blacks believe police are more likely to use deadly force against a black person than a white person, while a majority of whites do not believe race plays a role. a racial divide seen on twitter where comments ranged from, "i love our justice system, not perfect but tonight it is based on facts." to "we protest because we are being slaughtered." in the days after the brown shooting, just 35% of blacks thought that the investigation would be conducted fairly. scott, last night's reaction was not one of surprise. it was disappointment and outrage. >> pelley: jeff, thank you very much. the holiday rush begins early as travelers try to get the jump on a major storm. and if you only had the nerve and lots of money, you could
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>> pelley: tomorrow is one of the busiest travel days, but there's a nor'easter coming with as much as 13 inches of snow. some folks decided to hit the road the day before the day before thanksgiving. here's vicente arenas. >> reporter: with the winter storm fast approaching, connecticut governor dannell malloy sent out this warning.
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>> if you could complete your travel plans today, you'd be far better off than you would waiting till tomorrow, at least based on current forecasts. >> reporter: patricia novy was going to drive to north carolina, but decided to fly out of new york's laguardia airport instead. >> we planned on driving until four days ago and then booked a flight for tomorrow and today i rescheduled it for today. >> reporter: already, nearly 2,800 flights across the country have been delayed, over 100 canceled. wbz meteorologist eric fisher. >> this is an east coast event. we've seen big thunderstorms, heavy rain in florida today that will climb right up the east coast, especially from south carolina up towards massachusetts, maine, new hampshire. and this is where rain and snow is going to make for some really difficult travel. >> reporter: the cold weather is expected to drive more passengers to amtrak's trains and top last year's passenger record. there will be extra emergency crews and equipment on standby
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>> when you go to a restaurant, you really have no idea what's in the food that you're consuming, and with americans eating about a third of their calories outside of the home, that's a big gap in information, and information that can matter for health. >> reporter: new york city enacted a similar measure in 2006. one study found about 15% of patrons at fast food restaurants reported using the calorie information and they bought food with an average of 106 fewer calories. dr. walter willett at the harvard school of public health says the rule could be an eye opener. >> sometimes that cup of coffee, it has a huge number of calories coming from it because it's been loaded up with sugar or cream or salad that looks perfectly healthy could be 1,000 calories 06 more. >> reporter: 106 calories may not seem a lot, but if you save that every day it could translate into a 10-pound weight loss in a single year. >> pelley: and these new rules are due to take effect in about a year. jon, thank you very much. someone found the courage to bid high for a piece of hollywood
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means acknowledging that what ails the african american community ask not just exist in the minds of black people. >> reporter: that was candidate barack obama in 2008. visualizing a less-divided country, encouraging a more candid conversation about america's legacy of racism. he offered himself as a president who could lead that conversation, and there's been no shortage of events testing that promise or the president's leadership. when henry louis gates, a harvard professor and friend, was suspected of burglarizing his own home in cambridge, massachusetts, from the white house, the president was blunt. >> the cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. there is a long history in this country of african americans and latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. that's just a fact. >> reporter: the president was accused of commenting prematurely.
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the resulting beer summit fiasco between gates and the police officer taught mr. obama the limits of his own rhetoric and symbolic power. then came trayvon martin, an unarmed black teen killed by a neighborhood watchman in 2012. the president interjected more than once. >> but my main message is to the parents of trayvon martin. you know, if i had a son, he'd look like trayvon. trayvon martin could have been me 35 years ago. >> reporter: the shooting death of michael brown introduced new erution. mr. obama used markedly tempered rhetoric last night, mixing deference to the judicial process with sympathy for the public outrage. >> we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make. there are americans who agree with it, and there are americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. it's an understandable reaction.
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>> reporter: america's first black president has willingly shouldered the burden of a nation fractured along racial lines. an example of genuine racial progress himself, mr. obama carries the unrealistic expectations of healing that divide, a president with a singular perspective is tested once more. major garrett, cbs news, the white house. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for this night. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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streets at this point-- comr . now at 6:00 a much different picture in ferguson missouri tonight. quieter streets at this point compared to the crowds of people protesting everything even getting violent after last night's grand jury decision was announced. still law enforcement across the country and right here in the bay area are at the ready. good evening i'm ken bastida. >> i'm veronica dell la cruz. protesters have been on the move again a second night of protesting in oakland. we have live pictures coming in. you see them marching down the street. this is a much smaller group than what we saw last night. they are saying dozens maybe a
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handful of protesters. right now they are getting a police escort. you see them moving down the street in a peaceful fashion. we're going to keep an eye on this, and bring you updates as we get them. but tonight merchants in oakland are boardsing up they are sweeping up after protesters smash their way through a swath of downtown businesses, but the city's incoming mayor libby shaft says the looting and vandalism didn't have to be this bad. she told mark kelly what she would have done differently. mark, it looks like there's another protest gathering steam. we're looking at live pictures. >>reporter: veronica, yeah in the last few minutes we had a protest at this intersection broadway and 7th here in oakland right in front of oakland pd. that protest we could assume might have joined the other one that's marching from the plaza. not sure about that but they have left this intersection, and we do see the protesters making their way down the street. where i am at

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